A walk-off from Robert Hassell III gave the Storm the only win in the system Wednesday.
With the Padres’ having to make a flurry of roster moves, those moves trickled down to the minor leagues. The teams made the following moves:
El Paso Chihuahuas: RF/1B Taylor Kohlwey, INF Matt Batten, and OF Robbie Podorsky were promoted El Paso from San Antonio
San Antonio Missions: INF Olivier Basabe promoted from Fort Wayne. The Missions played with just two bench players, so one would expect more moves to be made Thursday before game time.
Fort Wayne TinCaps: OF Grant Little activated from the 60-day IL.
Chihuahuas (3-3): The Chihuahuas begin their first homestand of the year tomorrow, giving the ball to top prospect Mackenzie Gore.
Midland RockHounds 9, Missions 2
Prospect Watch: The RockHounds scored five runs in the first three innings, and never looked back. … Here is your nightly CJ Abrams update: Abrams got off his feet and started at DH for the first time. So far, Abrams has started five games at shortstop and one at second base. He went hitless but did reach base via a walk. He has now reached base safely in all eight games this season hitting a robust .313/.405/.500. … If anyone was wondering, ‘who did we trade that stud of an outfielder Greg Allen for?’ The answer would be LHP James Reeves. Reeves pitched 2.2 scoreless innings allowing just one hit and striking out two. Reeves last pitched in Double-A for the Yankees in 2019 going 7-2 with a 1.79 ERA. He was in big league camp this spring. The 27-year-old is trying to make the case that he is better than fellow lefty Nick Ramirez.
Lake County Captains 5, TinCaps 3
Prospect Watch: Projected as a top-five-round draft pick in 2019, LHP Mason Feole felt discomfort pitching in the NCAA Tournament for UConn. An MRI revealed a torn UCL and a potential top-five-round pick, he fell to the 11th round where the Padres snatched him up knowing full well he needed to go under the knife. After a lengthy rehab and no minor league season in 2020, Feole made his professional debut tonight tossing a one-two-three inning. The Padres’ will slowly build him back up to a starter to see if he can regain the form that led him to be the ace of the Huskies. … After going 0-for-16 in the first series, Tirso Ornelas collected his first hits of the season. While it might feel like Ornelas has been in the organization for a decade (signed March 31, 2017), he is still just 21 and has added a considerable amount of muscle since we last saw him. Whether this translates to the power we were all hoping for is still debatable, but hopefully collecting his first hits of the season will lead him on a hitting streak.
Storm 10, Inland Empire 66ers 9
Prospect Watch: Down by two in the ninth, the Storm managed to load the bases for CF Robert Hassell III, and then this happens.
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) May 13, 2021
It was his only hit of the game, but it was the hit that mattered. In eight games this season Hassell now has 12 walks and nine hits. Averaging reaching base nearly three times a game. The 19-year-old might have looked overmatched playing in major league spring training games but is dominating lesser competition. … Before the ninth inning, the story was going to be about Storm pitchers striking out 17 batters, including four by young Michell Milliano, who was pumping an easy mid 90’s fastball by hitters making them look silly when they’d swing over the top of a breaking ball. But an 11 pitch at-bat with one out in the ninth that ended in a swinging bunt single became his downfall. Two pitches later he was called for a balk. He walked the next batter, then allowed a home run that turned a one-run lead to a two-run deficit. The frustration leading to a big inning has been something the Padres’ have been working extremely hard with him on (see Chris Paddack with the big club), but the raw talent is there to make him a tantalizing prospect. … Ending the report on a high note though is infielder Jordy Barley. Barley was one of the J-2 shortstops that were signed in 2016 who has tremendous talent, showing flashes of a five-tool skillset, but has had problems putting it all together. In 2019 he led Tri-City in home runs (eight) and stolen bases (14), but also struck out nearly 100 times in roughly 300 plate appearances. This year, in only eight games, Barley already has two home runs and six stolen bases. Eight games is an extremely small sample size, but its encouraging that he already has as many home runs and stolen bases as he did in his last 30 games in Tri-City.